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The glass subway tile backsplash is trendy, and this can be seen in most home remodelling magazines that are published worldwide. Therefore, when you are renovating your home or building a new one, you might want to use the glass subway tile backsplash in your master bedroom bathroom or the kitchen. However, before you consider installing the glass subway tile backsplash you probably have to consider the fact that it can be a monumental investment and so you should get it right from the beginning. This is because it can be costly to undo once you have chosen to install them in your home. So what are some of the advantages of considering the use of the glass ...
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East or west, home is best, and therefore it is worth investing in home beautification. Having a beautiful yard , a well-maintained lawn makes your home a place you will want to be. This is the reason why landscaping and garden maintenance are important. When landscaping your home, you need to ensure you plant attractive flowers and some nice shrubs in your garden. You can find the shrubs and flowers for your home gardening project at the tree center. Here are some of the reasons why you need to ensure you do a proper landscaping of your garden in 2018.   Your Front Garden Is a Welcome Mat in Your Home   The appearance of your front yard is what ...
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Dear SPPers, Good day and Happy New Year.  I am hopeful this note finds you well.  My name is Kurt Weaver, and I am an architect from Cleveland, Ohio, and will be your AIA SPP KC AG Chair for 2018.  I will try to use as many AIA acronyms as possible.  We joked about an entire presentation in AIA isms…  Many of you are familiar with the activities of the SPP, for those of you who are not, we try to get as much done annually as possible.  There are five of us along with Susan and Akanksha from The Institute KC Team.  Our group has been referred to as “special personality people”.  We took it as a compliment… For me, the SPP has been that introduction to working ...
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Would you love to renovate your home every few years? If so, you’re definitely not alone. Millions of people are currently sitting in the same boat. The only thing stopping them from taking action is the money they don’t want to throw away. Things would be a lot different if you could find special deals. You would still have money to tuck away in a savings account every month. Do you know where can you go to hunt them down? Let’s discuss a few places you should start looking into. Search For Wonderful Coupon Sites You used to hear stories about people spending hours cutting out coupons. Some of them ended up saving tens of thousands of ...
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According to the New York Times , the year 2017 set a high record of losses following the deadliest natural disasters experienced. The news reporter says that the world’s largest insurer is set to pay a record $135 billion as a result of these calamities. Overall, the insured and non-insured losses total to $330 billion. Therefore, the 2017 losses are second to the 2011 losses that were suffered in Japan. This shows that close to half of the losses will not be paid because they were uninsured. This brings us to the need of taking insurance cover for your property. Have you insured the house you live in? Most people forget that the house important than ...
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Letter from 2018 Chair It is my great pleasure to serve as the chair of the American Institute of Architects Committee on Design for 2018. In addition to the ongoing work of the Committee including a focus on Firm Awards and Gold Medal recommendations, and recommendations for Honorary Fellows, we have been busy planning the two conferences for the year. Building on the recent successes of conferences held in Portland, Oregon; Havana, Cuba; Austin, Texas; and St. Petersburg, Russia, plans are now in place for conferences that will be held in Vancouver, Canada in May and Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile in October 2018. Approximately 100 persons attend ...
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A young person doesn’t care too much about the home they live in. Sadly, the ‘You Only Live Once’ mentality still burns deep inside them. Everything changes when they find out they’re having a child. Is this something you’re able to relate to? When you’re living in a home with your family the rules aren’t the same. You have to do everything in your power to make it as safe as possible. You’ll do anything to guarantee your child is never at risk. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind. 1. Monitoring Your Environment 24/7 Have you noticed how many amazing gadgets have popped up in the energy and utilities industry lately? For ...
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In the past, it was common to spend your entire life in the same house. Things have changed over the years, but it’s still an extremely important purchase. You’ll only spend more money on something when it’s time to upgrade. That means you’ll need to do everything within your power to ensure your experience goes smoothly. You’ll have to carry out a few quick tasks before buying your home. Let’s look at what they are and you can get started straight away. Work Hard To Improve Your Bad Credit Score If you have a bad credit score it’s going to come back to bite you. You’ll need to work hard to improve it before jumping onto the property ladder. In fact, ...
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Have you ever thought about how much of the land you own? I don’t mean in the typical fashion, where you might say ‘as far as I can see’. I mean how much of the ground you stand on is yours? After all, if you own to say the 6 foot under your home, who owns the land underneath that? Perhaps more importantly, can you dig down this deep and create another structure under your own yard. Planning Regulations The first point to consider is the planning regulations in your area. In general, you can convert an existing basement or cellar under your home into a better living space . But this doesn’t usually involve digging under your yard. If you wish to dig ...
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If you want to sell your home now, then it’s a good idea to prepare it adequately. Knowing how to manage everything and what needs a bit of a makeover is a very important thing to take into consideration. That being said, you should definitely consider beautifying your home with help from some of the tips below. Remove clutter A clean home will always sell more. People don’t really want to see your stuff thrown all over the place. So, organizing your clutter and removing everything out of the way can really come in handy. You should definitely consider keeping that in mind and it will help you quite a lot in the end. Paint old stuff A lot of ...
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There are few things that can be as frustrating as a small kitchen. The lack of space can make the room seem claustrophobic and can make cooking an annoying experience daily. So, when it comes time to renovate, your main goal is probably to tear down walls and expand this room considerably. Of course, as you are probably aware, this is not a cheap plan and oftentimes, you may not be able to afford it. So, what can you do in such a situation? Well, there are actually a number of creative ideas that you can use instead of expanding. While these won’t magically create more space for you, they will make your small kitchen more efficient and certainly, easier on ...
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One of the reasons why movies are so successful is because of the set. They hire people to travel all around the world looking for the perfect location. Even when the action takes place inside a room they always look stunning, which should give you an idea. Steal tips from your favourite movies for your own home. There are so many options available to you, so it's difficult to know where to start. Let's look at a few popular ones you might know and your imagination can take care of the rest. Lavish Marble Spa Bathtub In Scarface Scarface is the movie guys say they love if they want to sound cool. Tony Montana might play on the wrong ...
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As America entered the twenty-first century, there had been a gradual but pronounced increase in the amount of construction dollars spent on existing buildings as opposed to new buildings. Architectural firms were reporting that about 40 percent of their fees came from that expanding market. Some of the affected buildings, undoubtedly, were viewed as landmarks in their communities and perhaps beyond. Some were landmarks of the recent past, others of the not-so-recent past. A number in both categories were likely eligible to be designated historic buildings and such designation, or in some instances, even the potential for designation, could bring restrictions ...
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Herman Miller Healthcare sponsors several emerging professionals seeking licensure each year to attend the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference (HCD), the fall conference of the Center for Health Design and the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health. Each selected recipient receives reimbursement to cover registration fees, air travel, and hotel room costs. This scholarship program is part of Herman Miller's continuing commitment to excellence in healthcare architecture and support of young architects. The 2018 cycle will open in the summer to attend HCD in Phoenix, November 10-13. To learn more about the application process, visit the Herman Miller Scholarship ...
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As 2017 comes to an end and we excitedly look towards the New Year we look at some recent changes in the codes and standards of health care. This year the ICC, NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code, and NFPA 99 – Health Care Facilities Code released their 2018 editions. The Academy of Architecture for Health is in the process of creating white papers to compare significant changes between the editions as they relate to healthcare. Look out for their release by mid-2018.   In the meantime, here are some links we find useful in searching the adoption of codes by jurisdiction. ICC interactive map for State Building Code Adoption (not including local amendments): ...
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The AIA AAH STERIS Student Design Charrette is a 48-hour design Charrette performed annually at the Healthcare Design Conference. This AAH program was first established in 1989 and has been running for 29 consecutive years. The mission of the Charrette is to encourage talented architectural students into the practice for health, and to promote architectural education that will contribute to the practice of architecture for health. With the sponsorship of STERIS and countless volunteers this program has fostered relationships and guided students into healthcare architecture.  Student Design Charrette participants with STERIS sponsors 2017 I became interested ...
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A Case for Constant Change Autumn reminds us that change happens; every year the leaves on the trees change from deep shades to bright colors, and the degree to which they become more vibrant is affected by the amount of sunlight and rain. No sooner do we notice the changing leaves, but are reminded that “conference season” is upon us; namely, the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference. Co-produced with AAH and the Center for Health Design , this year it was held in Orlando again, and was full of tours, sessions, keynotes and networking opportunities; all the same activities as in previous years. Yet, change was a constant theme; the status of the ...
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This AAH Update is the fourth and final issue of the year, and it shows our progress from past versions. Not only does it look different, but we are gradually increasing the breadth and depth of content in the newsletter. This reflects a broader goal adopted within our Strategic Plan last year; to deliver more knowledge more effectively to Academy members.  Here are a few ways we are progressing: First, we are networking more effectively with 20 other committees in the Academy to announce events and application deadlines in a timely way. Second, we are networking with partner organizations to share relevant knowledge, news and opportunities from those ...
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As we roll toward 2018, I can say with confidence and gratitude that the Academy of Architecture for Health board is strong, and well-positioned to continue guiding the Academy forward. The Strategic Plan will be in its second year of implementation, building on the great progress made in 2017 toward a higher level of service to our members and to the greater healthcare design community. This is where I take my leave, after four years on the board, knowing that things are in good hands. I will miss the day-to-day interaction with my fine colleagues, but I won’t be a stranger; I still have a few projects I’ve promised to help with. My duties in sponsorship ...
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When it comes to a home loan, you have to go through various formalities. Without a doubt, a home loan is different from various other available types of borrowing. Firstly, as far as the amount of the loan is concerned, it is much higher and secondly, seeing the surging property prices, it is an unavoidable debt for someone who belongs to a middle class. We all must have gone through some or the other issue while applying for a home loan. Therefore, here are 5 helpful tips to increase the odds of your home loan. Deciding The Type Of Interest Rate You will get a home loan with either a fixed or floating rate. For a flexible rate of interest, you ...
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